Grateful Dead Live at Augusta Civic Center on 1984-10-12
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Master Tapes by Ficca
Source: FOB Center Sony TCD5M with 2 Beyer Dynamic 160's > Sony CDR-W66 > EAC > CDWave > CDA encoded by Ficca
- 2004-07-12 09:37:21
- Augusta, ME
- FOB Center Sony TCD5M with 2 Beyer Dynamic 160's > Sony CDR-W66 > EAC > CDWave > CDA encoded by Ficca
- Augusta Civic Center
Subject: I Gotta Get Down
Subject: indian summer....nobody for president...
Subject: 10/12/84- Morning Dew and a lot more!
I remember Jerry looked awful, greasy and overweight. But once they kicked into the Stranger opener we no longer noticed. We recorded this on an old Walkman Pro with a single mic that was passed around whenever the holder got tired. Our tape was ragged to say the least. But it preserved this amazing evening in an age when tapes from the latest show were hard to come by. It served as our sustenance for weeks after. We knew we had most likely seen our career-best no matter what was to come in the future. I still have the tape and you can tell when we got too absorbed in our dancing and aim the mike at the ceiling!
The band is at the top of their game for the vast majority of the show. The Stranger opener sends a resounding message, "we are going to get down tonight!" Jerry sings from his soul on the Roses, voice ragged from the ciggs and junk. On the Road Again and Jack A Roe were a refreshing departure from the routine. We cracked up when they hit the bad note before the jam in the Music closer, but listen to where Jerry takes it when he recovers. The reprise jam cooks! Everyone was soaked from dancing so hard.
2nd set Cold Rain is enormous and reminds us that nothing is staus quo tonight! Listen to Jerry preachg it during the closing chorus. Uncle John's was our pick before the show. This one is sung like a hymn with the crowd joining in for the entire song. Instead of steering back into the closing chorus they jam into a minimalist drums. Splitting Uncle John's had become pretty rare by this time and left all kinds of possibilities open. The Morning Dew closer was the climax of the whole thing. I remember seeing Phil actually turn up the volume on his bass at the start of the song. A lone light shone down on Jerry's weathered body. Was he singing to us of his own personal despair?
After the band had left the stage, the lights came up, and Vivaldi lofted out over the auditorium. Everyone in the audience looked around at each other with "that" look in their eyes. We hugged strangers in celebration knowing we had been witnesses to the miracle that is the Grateful Dead when they make their magic.
At the time, the 10/12 show was considered the highlight of the fall tour and one of the best of the year. In retrospect I think it is in the top 10 for the decade. If you haven't heard this one absolutely check it out!
Subject: Surprises & Sheer Force....
Performance: very good. Highlight #1 is definite the DEW (as someone mentions below), it rips. Also, great energy during Cold Rain and it get's way out there on the UJB>D>S>Playin Reprise>UJB. Check out Jerry on Playin' Reprise>UJB, he is in total control.
Setlist: Lots of goodies. 2 big breakouts (On The Road & Jack A Roe). Decent set one. Again, the meat of the show is UJB>>>DEW. Nice to see a differnt encore as well: Good Lovin'.
Sound=4.5, Performance=4, Setlist=4...4.167 overall. A MUST DOWNLOAD!
Subject: Great sound!
Subject: It's ALL about the DEW!
This is an amazing recording, with excellent dynamic range. I would like to have a wee bit more Phil, but if you crank the bass up on your rig it helps. There are a few annoyingly harsh cuts, but only after the music stops; some fade-out would be nice. If you have some good headphones (I use Sony MDR-V6's) that's the way to go.
The boys very clearly had a great deal of energy this night; The first set rocks, and the set-ending double-whammy of Cumberland and Music Never Stopped just leaves you wanting more. Boy, do they deliver for the second set. Cold Rain is like a freight train, just manic in intensity. Lost/Saint is such a joy to listen to on this recording too. Even Don't Need Love, wow, Brent had soul... Uncle John's is among my favorites, up there with 5-5-81 as my all timers. There is a bit of drums cut, which is a shame because they sound so good, but the space into the reprises - Playin and UJB are sweet. Of course, the cherry (Jerry?) on top is the Dew; his voice is so amazing here.
I do agree that this is better than the Oade recording, better range; they are both good but the other one is a bit flat. Just download this and listen, you won't be disappointed! Five stars all around!
Subject: this sounds much better than the oade recordings
I remember in 80's when the redrocks shows were getting traded around the taping circles, I never saw so many letters and numbers to describe a taping rig. Ran home busted out the tapes with high hopes and thought I got the wrong recording.
There is more mids than lows an in bass, and the highs are severely lacking. Jerry sounds like he is singing into a tin can.
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Subject: sounds good but where;s tony lochners pcm recording
Oh, by the way as far as the 4 stars vs. 5 for aud recordings, in most cases you are right. But try these out some are on archive, saome are not yet. try Doug's 5/2/87 spaced 2s omnis the DEW is awesume, try Silberman's 4/21/84 set2 spaced (40 ft) Neuman U87, Oade greek 85,86,87. MY 8/20/87 FOB CMC44 and 3/26,27,28/88 Hampton spaced 2s's (8ft). These are some good auds not to mention 12/30/85 (lipton recording) and my red rocks 87 FOBS. PEACE OUT
Subject: Good Lovin' ?????
Subject: Sounds better than the Oade recording!
The performance by the boys is 5-Star, but I've *never* heard an AUD recording worthy of that rating (okay, call me picky)... net = 4 stars.
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